THE SULTANA

DISASTER MUSEUM

Telling the story of the deadliest maritime disaster in United States history, located in Marion, Arkansas. 

THE WORST MARITIME DISASTER IN US HISTORY

In the early morning hours of April 27, 1865, the steamboat Sultana exploded into a fiery blaze on the Mississippi River, eventually drifting and sinking near the Arkansas banks. At the Sultana Disaster Museum, we tell the lost stories of the disaster and those individuals who experienced it.

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The Future Museum

The Sultana Disaster Museum has recently acquired the historic 1938 Marion High School gymnasium as a location for the new expanded museum. Learn more about the future plans and about how you can donate to the museum's capital campaign.

"THE STEAMBOAT SULTANA" PT. 1 & 2

Recently, the Sultana story was featured on the podcast, Shipwrecks & Seadogs by Rich Napolitano. The episode featured an extensive interview with renowned Sultana expert and author of The Sultana Tragedy, Jerry Potter.

Click the button below to listen to the podcast. 

STORIES FROM THE SULTANA

Seth & Hannah Hardin

In the confusion and darkness of the night, Hardin lost his wife, never seeing her after they leaped overboard together.

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Pvt. Commodore Smith

"My heart, even now ... stands still while I write this sad story."

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Pvt. Isaac Davenport

"I tel you here was the awfelist sight I ever saw..."

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The Sultana Association

Founded in 1987, The Sultana Association aims to spread the word about the Sultana disaster, to reach out to descendants, and to offer an opportunity for everyone to learn and become involved.